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NaNoWriMo has become a tradition for me. For the past five years I have won NaNoWriMo every year and I intend to make this year number seven.
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge actually and the challenge is to write a fifty thousand word first draft in thirty days. The object is to write straight through without stopping until you reach the 50 K. No editing. No stopping. Just write write write until you are done.
I started yesterday on the first draft. I have written for today already as well. So far I have (how many) words written. I am off to a great start.
Am Prepared to Write First Draft
I have a confession to make. Because I write historical Christian romantic fiction, I don’t actually start working on the novel on the first of November. Instead, I begin my character sketches, my book outline, and do my research well in advance of the event. This gives me the foundation in order to quickly write the first draft of the novel during the month.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at .


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Create your own destiny and learn how to fly!


A few weeks ago, I saw the movie the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I have also seen the movie The Bucket List. What is it that both of these movies have in common? In both of these movies, the men realized that life is a journey and in due time, it comes to an end.  The most important thing we discover at the end concerns whether we really lived our lives or if we simply go through the motions of living.

Creating My Bucket List

The first lesson in the book 50 Lessons I Learned From The World’s Greatest Achiever by Vic Johnson is to create a list of life goals that we want to accomplish over the course of our lifetime that if you complete the list at the end of your life you feel as though you had a complete and wonderful life.. I have already done a lot of the things that I always wanted to do in my life. I have traveled to most of the United States. I was in the military (all state side), I had three wonderful children, and so far I have written and published 3 books with the fourth one almost ready to publish as well. I wrote my list as so far, my list consists goals related to being an author including writing, marketing, and speaking, and goals related to traveling (including learning languages). Still other goals are related to living healthy including exercise, proper diet, and living a simple life. My ultimate goal is to travel the world at leisure, writing, marketing, and speaking along the way. It also includes what could be the opposite, a simple home where I can live off what I grow as a person.


Thinking Outside The Box

The second lesson in the book relates to thinking outside of the box. The idea here relates to the idea presented in the book Acre of Diamonds where a man sold everything he had, including his farm in South Africa to search for diamonds. He died broke. Several years after his death, the largest diamond field in the world was discovered right on the farm that he had sold years earlier. This story relates to the premise that what we want in life is usually right in our own backyard. In other words, look around you and looking at your surroundings with a different viewpoint.

This step involves a radical step of identifying a goal and taking massive action to begin accomplishing that goal.

I am taking two massive goals this month. First  Goal I am: “Developing a simple lifestyle so that I can focus my resources toward traveling, writing, and speaking in different locals”.To start going in this direction, at the end of April, I bought a used travel trailer that I am moving out onto my friends’ place at the edge of a national park to live in and to fix up. I plan to later this month that begin doing a little gardening. Maybe next month I will be able to get a few chickens and a goat.

The second Goal that I am taking Massive action on is: “Become a best-selling author.” A step that I have taken this month is that yesterday I had a session with a professional photographer for my author photograph on my books. In addition, I have updated my bio and the cover descriptions on all of my books. I intend to have help coordinating the covers of The Locket Saga so that they don’t just look like individual books, but that they look like books in a series. I will put all of these aspects together and update my books by the end of the month. Then I will update my website and include these new looks to my books on my site.

Creating A Dream Board

This lesson involves identifying who you want to be and create a dream board.

In this exercise, I created a dream board with the words Speaking, Ministering, Author as the center. Then I used mind mapping to create words that describe that sort of person.

Words that I used to describe this person that I want to become would include radio blog, Bible courses, speak at churches, Youtube videos, visit women’s groups, helping people, sharing what I know with others, traveling around the country, and visiting book stores,  festivals, meeting many different people, It involves living in peace, living healthy, and living simply.


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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

Make Plans not Resolutions

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution only to break that resolution a few days after making it? I know that I have. That is why this year, I am not making resolutions. Instead I am setting goals for the year, creating one affirmations per month and then using daily actions to reinforce those affirmations.

A cygnet becomes a swan regardless to what the ducks think.

A cygnet becomes a swan regardless to what the ducks think.

My goals for 2015.

1. Become a more charismatic person by becoming more social- attend a church service every Wednesday and attend church events that are on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesdays.
2. Look more beautiful on the outside. I will take the time to look good every morning before beginning my day.
3. Get my three books out in 2015-these three books are A Coward’s Solace, Sailing Under the Black Flag and In the Shadow of the Millpond.
4. Sell at least 1000 books per month on kindle current level less than one per month.
5. Organize my computer, physical spaces, and time toward becoming more productive
6. Become healthier, energetic, strong, and fit
7. Practice being kind rather than being right.
8. Develop ongoing campaigns for each book.
9. Blog posts at least 2 times per week
10. 365 bubblews this year
11. Better overall author platform overall, better facebook, linkedin, google +, YouTube presence
12. 200 featured hubs, 10 K twitter followers
13. Complete Spanish language course (start French course in 2016)

I will use affirmations to help me achieve these goals.

What are Affirmations?

An affirmation, according to dictionary(dot)search(dot)yahoo(dot)com  used in the sense that I use it here is that it is a noun which is:

  • Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment.

  • A statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, especially when used for the purpose of autosuggestion.

    The theory is that by telling myself a specific statement over and over again, I will convince myself that I believe that it is true and I will live my life accordingly. The problem with the affirmation theory is that if I don’t believe the affirmation, my mind will dismiss the affirmation as a lie that I am telling myself and I will never believe it. Therefore, it is always good to start using affirmations that I at least half way believe and that I can make actionable to reinforce that affirmation.

    So how can I get myself to believe my affirmations? My intentions are to create affirmations which I can take small actions on a daily basis which reinforce the affirmations as truth. By using small actions, I don’t have to make major commitments of time or energy to reinforce the affirmation. In my next blog, I will demonstrate how i am using this affirmation with followup actions to not only reach my goals, but also to make lasting changes to my character.



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